God is Holy
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
God directed the writing of all scripture. Even though man held the pen, God gave the words. Most Christians would agree with that thinking. Yet how do we treat the very words that God breathed? Recently I was involved in a discussion where God’s word was called God’s love letter. I had heard it said before in the church. Those times I heard that statement, I knew it was wrong but I had no idea why.
So, after the last discussion I had with believers about this topic, I dove into prayer. I asked the Holy Spirit to show me what the problem is with calling the Bible a love letter. The first place He took me was to my Bible Dictionary and the first words listed were a “sacred book.” The front cover of one of my Bibles reads, “The Bible, God’s Holy Word,” which seems a lot closer to sacred book than the term love letter. The last few days has been a continuous journey as God as revealed more as to why His word (the Bible) is not a love letter. The phrase “love letter” is a very common phrase used to describe writing where the writer declares his feelings of love. Anyone can write a love letter to anyone else, it is not special other than the feelings being expressed. God on the other hand is anything but common. God is unique, truly one of a kind, and holy. Anything He does is not common, it is special. The four beasts surrounding the throne of God constantly cry out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Rev 4:8). We find throughout scripture those people who were disrespectful of God’s holiness coming quickly to the end of their lives. Nadab and Abihu, Aaron’s sons died when they offered “common fire” as an offering in God’s tabernacle. King Saul lost his kingdom when he offered the sacrifice instead of waiting for Samuel which was treating it like it was common (1Sam 13). There are many other examples in the Old Testament as well as examples in the New Testament. Ananias and Sapphira treated their offering with contempt rather than with the holiness and respect due to God and their lives ended immediately (Acts 5).
Jesus came to earth to restore our relationship with the Father. He taught us to come to God rather than being like Adam and Eve and hiding. He taught us that we can have an intimate relationship with God rather than one only of fear and trembling. But Jesus never taught that God was not holy, nor that anything about God was common. When He taught us to pray, He started the prayer with, “Hallowed be your name” (Matt 6:9.) God is holy and all that He does and all that He says is holy. I know these last few days have opened my eyes to how common I treat God at times as well as the church as a whole. I pray that you start seeing God as the holy being He truly is.
“I am the LORD who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.” Lev. 11:45